Who thought that after all of the Carlos Correa drama with the San Francisco Giants we’d see the New York Mets exactly where they were? Injury concerns have delayed ink on paper. Mets fans are now awaiting any update to see if he will indeed play for the team in 2023.
Nothing is sure yet with reports of a “55% chance” of the deal going through. If everything does fall apart, what do the Mets do?
Free agency won’t offer this ball club quite as many options as a trade. What kind of trade targets are out there for the Mets to explore as an alternative to signing Correa?
1) NY Mets can reignite the idea of trading for Rafael Devers
Rafael Devers is the obvious player to target in a trade. He’s a third baseman and someone everyone already expects to be on the trade block now and until he hits free agency after the 2023 season.
Devers has yet to get an extension and looks like he’ll be playing for a non-postseason Boston Red Sox club in 2023. Chaim Bloom, who has decimated the Red Sox since arriving in Beantown, might want to start thinking of his own alternative plans. If Devers is going to depart, trading him now to the Mets could be the biggest move they can make, too.
The Mets do have Brett Baty as the obvious piece the Red Sox would want in the deal. Several other strong prospects including Kevin Parada, Jett Williams, Ronny Mauricio, and Mark Vientos could also convince the Red Sox to trade their star third baseman.
It’s the most logical place for the Mets to pivot. Boston should at least pick up the phone. The two desperate ball clubs could help each other out.